Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 3/29/19

State and local taxes

Duluth News TribuneMinnesota Capitol Notebook: Divisions come into view as gas tax, health care talks heat up

Star TribuneMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz trims budget plan following lower surplus prediction

Duluth News TribuneGov. Tim Walz trims budget ask but the biggest sticking points remain

Albert Lea TribuneState, local chambers lobby for competitive taxes for businesses

Austin Daily HeraldProposed tax bill raises concerns for businesses; State and local chamber of commerces look for affordable options

Pioneer PressGov. Tim Walz tweaks budget plan to reflect slower economic growth

Alpha NewsEdina Democrat Melisa Franzen Defends High Taxes In Minnesota

Star TribuneMinnesota House Democrats trim Gov. Tim Walz’s budget

Duluth News TribuneMinnesota Democrats offer E-12 funding boost, public tuition freeze in budget proposal

InforumLetter: Minnesota can’t afford Gov. Walz’s tax-and-spend budget

Red Wing Republican EagleGoodhue County above average price of Minnesota local government

Pioneer Press: MN House Democratic budget plan includes college tuition freeze

WCCOHouse Democratic Budget Plan Includes College Tuition Freeze

KXRAMinnesota Democrats Include Tuition Freeze In State Budget Plan

MPR NewsShow us your property tax statement

Star TribuneMinnesota’s state tax checkoff box funds eagle cam and more

WCCOReality Check: Gov. Walz’s Proposed Gas Tax Hike

Grand Forks HeraldIncreased gas tax could place strain on rural Minnesotans, Republican legislators say

KDUZ: MN Senate Republicans unveil budget outline

Duluth News TribuneMinnesota Senate Republicans lay out budget plan with no tax hikes

Pioneer PressMinnesota Republicans propose budget $2 billion smaller than Democrats and no tax hikes

Star TribuneMinnesota Senate Republicans say no new taxes, fees in budget plan

KXRASenate Republicans to Unveil State Budget Plan With No Tax Increases

Brainerd DispatchReader Opinion: More ways to tax us?

Labor market

KROC: Brutal Winter conditions blamed for Minnesota job losses

Wahepton Daily NewsMinnesota’s unemployment rate increased to 3.1 percent

International Falls JournalMinnesota unemployment rate at 3.1 percent

Tech.MNMinnesota Tech Industry Employment Only Grew By 2% Last Year

Minn PostWait, a bunch of DFLers just voted to exempt some of Minnesota’s lowest-paid workers from the minimum wage?

Twin Cities BusinessSome of MN’s Lowest-Paid Workers, the St. Paul Saints Players, May Become Exempt from Minimum Wage Laws

Economic development

MPR NewsArmy Corps of Engineers grants final permit for PolyMet mine

CBS 3Lawmakers react to Polymet receiving final permit

Star TribuneFish, and fishing industry, are starved for advocates

Star TribuneNew DEED commissioner and former Google executive wants to encourage innovation in Minnesota

ABC 6Proposed Bill Addresses Housing, Childcare, and Worker Shortage in Minnesota

Star TribuneSherburne County offers incentive to Google to build Minnesota data center

KNSI: County approves tax abatement for Google

MPR NewsSherburne Co. approves tax break for Google data

Brainerd DispatchKresha to introduce legislation establishing the Minnesota Research and Development Authority Act

Duluth News TribuneStatewide View: Lignite coal can help meet carbon-free goals

Economic growth

Albert Lea TribuneSurvey: Bankers losing confidence in 10-state farm economy


Star TribuneMonthly tariffs tab for Minnesota businesses spikes to $32 million, study finds

Star TribuneMinnesota exports hit record $23 billion in 2018

KRFO: Minnesota exports a record high

CBS 3Minnesota sends record amount of exports in 2018

KXRAMinnesota Exports Jump to Record $23 Billion in 2018


Minn PostIs Minnesota in the midst of another farm crisis?

KSTPAnalysis: Farm income in Minnesota fell to lowest point in at least 23 years in 2018

WCCOResearchers: Minnesota Farm Incomes Hit Historic Low In 2018

John Phelan is an economist at the Center of the American Experiment.